Could This Be The Saints Best Wide Receiver Corps Ever?
By Greg Barber
The New Orleans Saints defense has been an enormous focal point for this offseason, mainly because of the abysmal performance last season that put them in the history books.
On the surface, it seems that left tackle has been the only position of concern on the Saints offense. However, there are still a couple of other positions that need to be addressed.
With Devery Henderson gone and Courtney Roby performing primarily as a special teams player, the question remains: "Will Nick Toon and Kenny Stills have an impact on this receiving corps?" I believe that one will have an impact while the other will not.
Here is my opinion on the 2013 Saints wide receivers:
Marques Colston, WR
This year will be a little interesting because Colston just turned 30, so we may see signs of him slowing down. As long as he can stay healthy, however, Colston will have a Pro Bowl-caliber season and will remain the number one target of QB Drew Brees.
Lance Moore, WR
Moore is another player who is considered to be reliable when needed in crucial situations, but in 2012 he dropped quite a few easy passes that were thrown his way. That is something I can't remember him ever doing, but I expect him to elevate his level of play going into the 2013 season.
Joseph Morgan, WR
Morgan is mainly considered a deep threat and proved that last season, but I was more concerned with his inconsistency. Early on last season he was up and down but as the season went on, Morgan became more reliable and made some significant plays. This year, Morgan needs to be consistent game in and game out and show that he can be a true, all-around receiver.
Nick Toon, WR
Toon has shown that he benefited from having been put on injured reserve last season in training camp. His style of play is very comparable to Marcus Colston, which I like the possibilities of very much. With big receivers like Colston, Toon and TE Jimmy Graham in the mix, it will create a lot of matchup problems for the opposing secondary. Toon will make a huge impact on the team this year. With his size and speed, he has a great opportunity to be a top, all-around receiver for the Saints.
Kenny Stills, WR
Stills, a rookie who has a lot of potential to be another deep threat, will benefit greatly if he can take the upcoming season and use it to learn the playbook. I believe he makes the team, but will be a gameday scratch every week this season so that he can get his feet under him.
Courtney Roby, WR
Roby is primarily a special teams ace and is hardly ever used as a wide receiver. He can be replaced by a younger player, which I think will eventually happen.
Jarred Fayson, Chris Givens, Saalim Hakim, Andy Tanner, Brent Leonard, Preston Parker
These six players have a shot to make the roster as a replacement for Roby, but they truly need to wow the coaches in training camp and during preseason games. Hakim and Fayson have made an impression in OTAs thus far, and it will be interesting to see if either one of them can keep it up. Tanner played well during the preseason and nearly made the team last year. I like him a lot and I am very surprised he has not made some team's roster by now.
The 2013 season will truly be interesting for the Saints wide receivers because of all the uncertainty. The team has a lot of talent at the position and with Colston and Moore leading them, they have the potential to be one of the deepest receiving corps in the NFL.